Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersInformal apprenticeship, General college degree, General farming (over 3 years)
Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.My Partner Brandon and I are caretakers a 60 acre property near Arlee. We have been here for about a year. In the summer there are cows on the property. We assist in managing the livestock, and general maintenance on the property and its structures. I volunteer as a farm laborer at Harlequin Organic Produce in Arlee. I have two part time jobs and Brandon is a FT elementary teacher. We have a 7 year old daughter. Before we moved here, we were both caretakers of different ranches near Ovando. I took care of 100 head of mules and horses; I operated hand line and pivot irrigation systems for hay. I also worked for the Geary Ranch, near Helmville, for a calving season. In 2007-2008, I was a laborer at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, where I learned to flood irrigate fields, and various techniques for weed mitigation. Additionally, I have had a large organic vegetable garden my whole life, as has my mother before me. I grew up with my hands in Western Montana soil. Before Brandon started teaching, he was a carpenter for 10 years.
CountiesGranite, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli
Acreage1-5, 6-10, 11-40, 41-100, 101-500, 500+
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Grain, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Dairy, Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Farming PracticesConventional, Organic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.We will have an organic dairy cow operation, and sell milk and milk products. We would love to have an orchard as well as livestock. We will grow our own hay and forage for the livestock. We will be as self-sufficient as possible, and have as small of a carbon foot print as possible. We are interested in practicing traditional farming with working animals. Once the farm and/or ranch operation is established, we plan to bring a community element to our place. By this I mean we plan to get involved with farm to school/college programs; and we would love to have hands-on, educational workshops at our establishment.
Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.Ideally, we would like to be 100% organic. However, we understand that responsible farming doesn't necessarily have to be certified organic.
Transition ArrangementsBuy/Sell, Cropshare, Lease, Partnership, Open to other arrangements
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainThis is what I imagine as a successful arrangement: An older couple has no heirs that are interested in taking over the family farm/ranch, but they are committed to maintaining the farm/ranch as a working farm/ranch. Brandon and I help them through the transition to retirement, and we take-over as oporators of the establishment. I will work fulltime for no pay, just trade for board, and Brandon will continue teaching until we prove our competency to the owners, and they pass ownership over to us, for a sum of course, paid to them over an agreed period of time.
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:We are open to any and all training and opportunities that will help us to be successful farmers and land owners.